Whole Wide World (song)

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"Whole Wide World"
Whole Wide World.jpg
1977 UK issue
Single by Wreckless Eric
from the album Wreckless Eric
B-side "Semaphore Signals"
Released 25 August 1977 (1977-08-25)
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre
Length 3:02
Label Stiff
Writer(s) Eric Goulden
Producer(s)
Wreckless Eric singles chronology
"Whole Wide World"
(1977)
"Reconnez Cherie"
(1978)

"Whole Wide World" is a song written by English rock singer-songwriter Eric Goulden, better known as Wreckless Eric. Goulden wrote the song in May 1974,[1] and recorded it in 1977, whilst an original member of the Stiff Records label. Additional musicians on the record were Nick Lowe on guitar and bass, and Steve Goulding on drums.

The song was never a chart hit single for Goulden, though it subsequently became his most well-known recording. The only charted version of "Whole Wide World" was a cover by the Australian band Mental As Anything, who took it #53 on the Australian singles chart in 1995.

Structure[edit]

The song is a simple one for beginner guitar [2] players to learn. Instead of the three chords of most pop songs, it contains only guitar chords E and A. The verses are in a steady 4/4 time with the only difference being a more spirited strum during the chorus[3] and a catchy single bar of 2/4 during its last line.

Sung by Eric Goulden[edit]

Covers by other artists[edit]

In films[edit]

References[edit]

Specific references:

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Best Acoustic Guitar Guitars For Beginners - 2016 Edition". Bestbeginnerguitartoday.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  3. ^ Play guitar with Will Ferrell Rich Copley (critic for the Lexington Herald-Leader), Copious Notes, 2006-11-08
  4. ^ "Wreckless Eric - Greatest Stiffs". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  5. ^ Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric Allmusic, accessed 2008-08-13
  6. ^ "Various Artists - Music From The Motion Picture Stranger Than Fiction". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World 4 England". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  8. ^ Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World on YouTube haroldturkeypants, 2006-07-13
  9. ^ Whole Wide World - The Monkees on YouTube marrrthew, posted 2007-11-11
  10. ^ "Disco". Laptopic.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  12. ^ Stranger than Fiction - Whole Wide World on YouTube, Felipebarriga, 2007-02-20
  13. ^ Gemma Hayes - Whole Wide World video on YouTube dublin1996, YouTube, posted 2006-08-12
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "Whole Wide World | Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside". Salliefordandthesoundoutside.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

General references:

  • Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 611. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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